Lounge Duo is a combination of talents that’s been together for more than six years, with Alma Ortega, an Spanish – Filipino lead vocalist, and Luis Canales, a Chilean pianist, keyboardist, and vocalist. Lounge Duo have performed in most of the more renowned hotel and clubs around Asia and Middle East such as: Forte Grand Hotel (Dubai), Intercontinental Hotel (Philippines), Marriott, Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza, and Garden Hotel (China), etc…With an extensive repertoire that covers the most popular music genres e.g. Jazz Standards, Latin, R&B, Pop, and Oldies Ballads, etc. Lounge Duo is able to deliver those unique and memorable moments of music enjoyment based on the experience and skills that this duo had acquired throughout years of dedication, passion and love for music.
Alma’s passion for music started in her very early years. Since she was two years old she used to sing for her family and friends. Later on, she learnt how to play the guitar and piano which give her the chance to have a better understanding about music in general. Although Alma’s musical experience had lead her to go trough different kind of styles, her comfort zone is in the Standard Jazz songs as well as some Classic and R&B ballads. Some of Alma’s biggest influences and inspiration are: Oleta Adams, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, etc…
Alma had performed professionally in several five star hotels and casinos around the Philippines since 1984.
University of Immaculate Conception, Davao City, Philippines.
Graduated of Bachelor of Commerce.
YAMAHA School of Music, Davao City, Philippines.
Voice and Piano lessons.
Throughout years of experience, Alma had master a wide variety of musical styles, going from Jazz Standards, Latin to Pop and R&B. And with her very unique husky tone, she certainly does justice to most of the tunes in her repertoire. Alma is also able to sing in several different languages such as: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, etc…
Luis has been playing the keys since the age of fifteen. After some private piano lesson at the age of thirteen, Luis started jamming with several bands around his neighborhood playing mostly rock and top 40’s. At the age of eighteen, Luis develop a great attraction for caribbean rhythms such as: Salsa, Rhumba, Cha Cha, etc… He joined several latin bands, having the chance to perform professionally in the most popular dancing clubs around Santiago, Chile. On his twenties Luis discovered the freedom and passion of Jazz, and since then he been learning and working on a wide repertoire that includes the most popular Jazz Standards as well as Latin and Pop music. Some of Luis biggest influences are: Oscar Peterson, George Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Beatles, etc…
Luis, has been performing professionally since 1995 around South America and Asia.
AIEP Institute of Technology , Santiago, Chile.
Graduated of Sound Technician.
_Music Theory and Harmony
_The Principles of MIDI
Since Luis started performing professionally, he has been putting much of his effort into his piano playing and harmony skills. At the moment Luis is able to play the most popular styles required today, whether with a full band, using backing tracks, or as a piano accompanist…